Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Building a Dream.(Journal North)

Byline: Patrick Miller For the Journal

Woman Thanks Habitat For Humanity

Emma Sandoval is looking forward to cleaning her own house.

To make ends meet, she has cleaned other people's homes and has often imagined owning her own but had largely discounted that possibility for financial reasons.

Now, thanks to Santa Fe Habitat For Humanity, a possibility that once seemed remote is as close as the concrete slab and framing lumber in a new subdivision in Santa Fe that, by the end of October, will be the 41-year-old single mother's new home.

The slab and frame are very real, although there are moments when Sandoval doubts their existence.

"It's not real. I can't believe it," the Mexico native and mother of four children said through interpreter Judy Henry, co-chair of Habitat's Family Support Committee.

Julie Lopes can attest to the reality of the home, because she's helping to build it. …

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